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Volume 25 Issue 4 - December 2019 / January 2020

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Welcome to our December/January issue as we turn the annual calendar page, halfway through our season for the 25th time, juggling as always, secular stuff, the spirit of the season, new year resolve and winter journeys! Why is Mozart's Handel's Messiah's trumpet a trombone? Why when Laurie Anderson offers to fly you to the moon you should take her up on the invitation. Why messing with Winterreisse can (sometimes) be a very good thing! And a bumper crop of record reviews for your reading (and sometimes listening) pleasure. Available in flipthrough here right now, and on stands commencing Thursday Nov 28. See you on the other side!

TORONTO CHILDREN’S

TORONTO CHILDREN’S CHORUS A Chorus Christmas: Celestial Celebrations SUN DEC 15 ◆ 2 PM ROYTHOMSONHALL.COM ●●3:00: Gallery 345. Charmes et Divertissements: An Afternoon of Chamber Music for Piano and Winds. Works by Stravinsky, Mozart and Poulenc. Monique de Margerie, piano; Fraser Jackson, bassoon; Hugo Lee, oboe; Eric Abramovitz, clarinet; Léonie Wall, flute and others. 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781 or info@gallery345.com or eventbrite.ca. $25; (st). Cash only at the door. ●●3:00: Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra. Christmas at Columbus Centre. Rossini: Overture from Il Barbiere de Siviglia; Johann Strauss II: Tales from the Vienna Woods; Roses from the South; Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves; Bellini: Overture to Il pirata; and other works. Inga Williams, soprano; Stanislas Vort, tenor; John Palmer, conductor. Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave. W. 647-238-0015 or gtpo.ca. ; $25(sr); (st). ●●3:00: Harmony Singers. It’s Christmas Time! Seasonal favourites by Bacharach, A. Concerts in the GTA Berlin, Carey, McCartney and Lightfoot. Harvey Patterson, conductor; Bruce Harvey, piano. Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd., Etobicoke. 416-239-5821. ; free(child under 10). ●●3:00: Mississauga Symphony Orchestra/ Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra. A Merry Little Christmas. Guests: Mississauga Children’s Choir. Living Arts Centre, Hammerson Hall, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306-6000 or mississaugasymphony.ca. -. ●●3:00: Pax Christi Chorale. A Baroque Celebration. Durante: Magnificat; Vivaldi: Gloria; Bach: Magnificat. Megan Miceli and Elizabeth Polese, sopranos; Georgia Burashko, mezzo; Daevyd Pepper, tenor; Bradley Christensen, baritone; Toronto Mozart Players. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Toronto), 73 Simcoe St. 416-729-3630. ; (sr); $25(under 30). ●●3:30: Toronto Consort. Schütz’s Christmas Story. Schütz: The Christmas Story; and works by Schein, Scheidt and Praetorius. Charles Daniels, tenor (Evangelist); David Fallis, artistic director. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. -. Also Dec 13 & 14(8pm). ●●4:00: Church of St. Peter and St. Simonthe-Apostle. Children’s Musical: Once Upon a Starry Midnight. 525 Bloor St. E. 416-923- 8714. Free. ●●4:00: Good Kind Productions/Small World Music Society. TBA Series Chapter 4. Small World Music Centre, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. 416-536-5439. To . ●●4:00: St. Phillip’s Etobicoke. Jazz Vespers. Ori Dagan; Nathan Hiltz; Jake Koffman. St. Philip’s Anglican Church, 31 St. Phillips Rd., Etobicoke. 416-247-5181. PWYC. ●●4:30: Christ Church Deer Park. Jazz Vespers: Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. Brian Barlow Big Band. 1570 Yonge St. 416-920-5211. Freewill offering. Religious service. ●●4:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Carols by Candlelight. Choir and Musicians of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Freewill offering. CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT SUN., DEC. 15, 16, 4:30pm NINE LESSONS & CAROLS SUN., DEC. 22, 23, 4:30pm Yorkminster Park Baptist Church yorkminsterpark.com ●●6:00: Diar. Syrian & Arabic music with Diar. Tarek Ghriri, guitar; Nour Kaadan, cajon; Leen Hamo, vocals. Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. eventbrite.ca/e/diar-tickets-79273421939. /(adv). ●●7:00: Kingston Road Village Concert Series. Sultans of String Christmas Caravan. Turkish Greensleeves; Jesous Ahatonhia (Huron Carol); The Little Swallow (Carol of the Bells) / Al Vuelo; Little Drummer Boy; A Django Christmas. Chris McKhool, violin; Kevin Laliberte, guitar; Drew Birston, bass; Eddie Paton, guitar, Chendy Leon, percussion. Guests: Rebecca Campbell, Lynn Miles, Donné Roberts, Tamar Ilana, Shannon Thunderbird. Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd. 416-699-6091. /$25. In support of the United Nations Agency for Refugees. Tuesday December 17 ●●12:00 noon: Roy Thomson Hall. Noon Hour Choir & Organ Concerts: The Metropolitan Choir. Wassail! 60 Simcoe St. 416-872- 4255. Free. FREE A Part of 23 rd Annual Free Noon Hour Choir & Organ Concerts THE METROPOLITAN CHOIR Wassail! TUE DEC 17 ◆ 12 PM Made possible by the generous support of Edwards Charitable Foundation ROYTHOMSONHALL.COM ●●7:00: Rosedale Concerts. RH Thomson in Charles Dickens’ Solo Touring Version of A Christmas Carol. FreePlay A Capella; Sarah Sugarman. Rosedale United Church, 159 Roxborough Dr. 416-924-0725. /(adv). ●●7:30: Toronto Chinese Orchestra. Nocturne: An Evening of Chinese Music. Small Town Story; Yi Drinking Song; and music from ABBA and Star Wars. Yorkminster Citadel, 1 Lord Seaton Rd., North York. 647-229-9209 or torontochineseorchestra.com. . HANDEL MESSIAH Dec 17-20, 2019 Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre tafelmusik.org 56 | December 2019January 2020 thewholenote.com

●●7:30: Tafelmusik. Handel: Messiah. Margot Rood, soprano; Lucile Richardot, mezzo; Thomas Hobbs, tenor; Peter Harvey, baritone; Tafelmusik Chamber Choir; Ivars Taurins, conductor. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. From (Tue, Wed, Thur)/from (Fri); discounts for sr/under 36/under 19. Also Dec 18, 19, 20. ●●7:30: Orpheus Choir of Toronto. ‘Tis Winter Now. Benedict Campbell, narrator; Christopher Dawes, accompanist; Robert Cooper, conductor; Elise Naccarato, conductor. Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. 416- 530-4428. -. ●●8:00: DB Works & The Ward Productions/ Small World Music Society/Harbourfront Centre. The Ward Cabaret. See Dec 12. Also Dec 18, 19, 20, 21(2pm & 8pm), 22. December 17 at 8 pm JONATHAN PLOWRIGHT pianist ●●8:00: Music Toronto. Jonathan Plowright, Piano. Brahms: Four Ballades Op.10; Schumann: Kinderszenen Op.15; Mozart: Variations on “Ah! Vous dirai-je, Maman” K265; Paderewski: From “Humoresques de Concert” Book II: 1.Menuet, 2.Sarabande, 3.Caprice. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366- 7723. .50-; (st). MESSIAH DEC 17, 18, 20, 21 & 22 SEASON PRESENTING SPONSOR TSO.CA ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Messiah. Handel/arr. Mozart. Jane Archibald, soprano; Emily D’Angelo, mezzo; Isaiah Bell, tenor; Russell Braun, baritone; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and others. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. Starting at . Also Dec 18, 20, 21, 22(3pm). ●●8:00: Massey Hall presents at the Danforth Music Hall. Good Lovelies: Christmas Concert. Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. 416-872-4255. .50. Wednesday December 18 ●●12:30: Organix Concerts/All Saints Kingsway. Kingsway Organ Concert Series. Jean-Willy Kunz, organ. All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor St. W. 416-571- 3680 or organixconcerts.ca. Free-will offering appreciated. ●●7:30: Tafelmusik. Handel: Messiah. Margot Rood, soprano; Lucile Richardot, mezzo; Thomas Hobbs, tenor; Peter Harvey, baritone; Tafelmusik Chamber Choir; Ivars Taurins, conductor. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. From (Tue, Wed, Thur)/from (Fri); discounts for sr/under 36/under 19. Also Dec 17, 19, 20. ●●8:00: DB Works & The Ward Productions/ Small World Music Society/Harbourfront Centre. The Ward Cabaret. See Dec 12. Also Dec 19, 20, 21(2pm & 8pm), 22. ●●8:00: Toronto Chamber Choir. Kaffeemusik: Mary, The Rose. Donaldson: Mary, the Rose; Britten: Hymn to the Virgin, Ceremony of Carols (excerpts). Julia Seager-Scott, harp. Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave. 416-763-1695 or torontochamberchoir. ca. ; $25(sr); .50(under 30). ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Messiah. See Dec 17. Also Dec 20, 21, 22. Thursday December 19 ●●7:00: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. John McDermott: Family Christmas. Guests: DALA. 1585 Yonge St. eventbrite.ca. $25. Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. Kaffeemusik: Mary, the Rose Calvin Presbyterian Church 26 Delisle Ave. torontochamberchoir.ca @torontochamberchoir @torchamberchoir Fundraising Christmas concert. ●●7:30: Tafelmusik. Handel: Messiah. Margot Rood, soprano; Lucile Richardot, mezzo; Thomas Hobbs, tenor; Peter Harvey, baritone; Tafelmusik Chamber Choir; Ivars Taurins, conductor. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. From (Tue, Wed, Thur)/from (Fri); discounts for sr/under 36/under 19. Also Dec 17, 18, 20. ●●8:00: DB Works & The Ward Productions/ Small World Music Society/Harbourfront Centre. The Ward Cabaret. See Dec 12. Also Dec 20, 21(2pm & 8pm), 22. ●●8:00: DDA. Glenn Miller Orchestra: In the Christmas Mood. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. -. Friday December 20 ●●7:00: Sharon Hope United Church. Ron Korb Christmas Concert in Sharon. Ron Korb, flutes; Bill Evans, piano; Steve Lucas, bass; Larry Crowe, percussion. 18648 Leslie St., Sharon. 905-478-2231. . ●●7:30: Tafelmusik. Handel: Messiah. Margot Rood, soprano; Lucile Richardot, mezzo; Thomas Hobbs, tenor; Peter Harvey, baritone; Tafelmusik Chamber Choir; Ivars Taurins, conductor. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. From (Tue, Wed, Thur)/from (Fri); discounts for sr/under 36/under 19. Also Dec 17, 18, 19. ●●8:00: DB Works & The Ward Productions/ Small World Music Society/Harbourfront Centre. The Ward Cabaret. See Dec 12. Also Dec 21(2pm & 8pm), 22. ●●8:00: Georgetown Bach Chorale. Winter Dreams. Seasonal music. Ron Greidanus, director. The Piano Hall, 157 Main St., Georgetown. 905-873-9909. (adv). Also Dec 21, 22. ●●8:00: Sine Nomine Ensemble for Medieval Music. Christmas Roots and Branches. Medieval vocal and instrumental music for the Advent and Christmas seasons, together with later folk “offshoots” of the tradition. sine nomine Christmas Roots and Branches Medieval & folk music for Advent and Christmas Friday, December 20, at 8 pm Trinity College Chapel 6 Hoskin Avenue Information 416-638-9445 Tickets / at the door or brownpapertickets.com/event/ 4442935 Trinity College Chapel, University of Toronto, 6 Hoskin Ave. 416-638-9445. -. brownpapertickets.com/event/4442935. ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Messiah. See Dec 17. Also Dec 21, 22. Saturday December 21 ●●2:00: DB Works & The Ward Productions/ Small World Music Society/Harbourfront Centre. The Ward Cabaret. See Dec 12. Also Dec 21(8pm), 22(2pm). ●●2:00: Tafelmusik. Sing-Along Messiah. Margot Rood, soprano; Lucile Richardot, mezzo; Thomas Hobbs, tenor; Peter Harvey, baritone; Tafelmusik Chamber Choir; Ivars Taurins, conductor (in character as Mr. Handel). Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416- 872-4255. -.50. ●●2:30: Polina Chernik and Julia Tchernik. Music and Miracles Youth Charity Concert. Polina Chernik; Karim Khakimov; Elizabeth Gilerovitch; Alexander Dondish; Grace Zemlyak. Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. 416-638- 8226. or PWYC. In support of Music Therapy Program at Sick Kids Hospital. ●●3:30: York Symphony Orchestra. YSO Holiday Spectacular. Seasonal favourites and audience sing-a-long. Trinity Anglican Church (Aurora), 79 Victoria St., Aurora. 647-849- 8403. ; $25(sr); (st). Also Dec 13(8pm, Richmond Hill). ●●7:30: Amadeus Choir. Concert Series 2: Mystic Light - Solace in the Darkest Days. Works by women composers to mark the Winter Solstice and ring in the holiday season. Works by Donkin, Trites, Luengen, Valverde, Hagen and others. Eglinton St. George’s United Church, 35 Lytton Blvd. 416-446-0188 or amadeuschoir.com. ; (sr); $25(st). ●●7:30: Canadian Men’s Chorus. Not Another Christmas Concert. Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor St. W. canadianmenschorus.ca/ concerts. -. ●●8:00: Burlington Performing Arts Centre. The Andy Kim Christmas. Ron Sexsmith, Tom Cochrane, Bif Naked, Sarah Slean, performers; Andy Kim & Sean Cullen, hosts. 440 Locust St., Burlington. 905-681-6000. .50; .50(members). Proceeds to Burlington Performing Arts Centre’s Golden Ticket Program providing access to underserved schools and students. ●●8:00: DB Works & The Ward Productions/ Small World Music Society/Harbourfront Centre. The Ward Cabaret. See Dec 12. Also Dec 22(2pm). ●●8:00: Georgetown Bach Chorale. Winter Dreams. Seasonal music. Ron Greidanus, director. The Piano Hall, 157 Main St., Georgetown. 905-873-9909. (adv). Also Dec 20, 22. ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Messiah. See Dec 17. Also Dec 22 (3pm). Sunday December 22 ●●2:00: DB Works & The Ward Productions/ Small World Music Society/Harbourfront Centre. The Ward Cabaret. See Dec 12. ●●3:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Messiah. See Dec 17. ●●4:00: Church of St. Peter and St. Simonthe-Apostle. Nine Lessons and Carols. Works by Holman, Sirrett, Grayston, Ives and Rutter. 525 Bloor St. E. 416-923-8714. Free. Reception follows. ●●4:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. thewholenote.com December 2019January 2020 | 57

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